Mike Rafik received his BA from Northwestern University in 1997. Three months later, he moved to Boulder, enrolled in the University of Colorado Law School, and began working at the Boulder Public Defender’s Office. During law school, Mike was a student in the Legal Aid & Defender clinic and a member of the University of Colorado Law Review, publishing an article on indigent capital defense. He continued to work for the Boulder Public Defender’s Office through law school and upon graduation in 2000, left Boulder for the Colorado Springs Public Defender’s Office. In 2005, Mike left the public defender system to found the firm that is now Rafik & Jacobson, LLC.
Mike has specialized in criminal defense exclusively since 2000. He has represented adult and juvenile clients charged with homicide, violent offenses, sexual assault, domestic violence, theft and property crimes, drug offenses, DUIs, and traffic citations. Mike has also represented clients charged in white collar cases and violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. Mike continues to lecture locally and nationally on criminal defense topics.
Along with his experience and skill as a trial lawyer and strategist, Mike brings compassion and thoughtfulness to every client’s situation. He understands the fear and concern that result from involvement with law enforcement. Guiding a client through the criminal justice process effectively and efficiently, but with sincerity and compassion, is a basic tenet of Mike’s practice.
Mike continues to be active in the Boulder legal community and is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, the Boulder County Juvenile Restraint Task Force, the Boulder County Mental Health/Diversion pilot project, and the City of Boulder Police Oversight Task Force. Mike serves on the Boulder County Bar Association’s Professional Committee and the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association. He completed an eight year term as a member of the 20th Judicial District’s Judicial Performance Commission and is a regular volunteer at the free legal clinics and programs offered in Boulder County.